The 2009 season marks the twelfth year the Indianapolis Colts will be recognizing outstanding Indiana High School football coaches through the Colts/NFL Coach of the Week program, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Jasper High School Wildcats, led by head coach Tony Ahrens defeated ranked Heritage Hills 17-14, to improve to 4-0.
The Coach of the Week program was designed to recognize high school coaches who transform, through their hard work and dedication to young people, the best available athletes into high potential football players.
All high school head coaches in the state of Indiana are eligible regardless of their school size, league or division. Coaches are evaluated on various factors including the coach's impact on his team, school and community, as well as performance of the team. The honorees are selected by a panel of high school football media, former athletic directors and other football representatives from all regions of the state.
Each Monday, following a high school football game weekend, one head coach will be recognized and announced. Coach Jim Caldwell will also announce each week's winner in his weekly press conference.
At the conclusion of the high school football season, each winning coach will receive a framed certificate signed by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, Colts Head Coach Jim Caldwell, Colts President Bill Polian and Colts Youth Football Commissioner Mike Prior, as well as a $1,000 donation from NFL Charities. In addition, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield will contribute $1,000 for the school's athletic fund.
The following coaches were recognized as honorable mentions for Week 4:
Region 1 – Craig Buzea, Michigan City
Region 2 – Reggie Glon, Mishawaka Marian
Region 3 – Keith Thompson, Lakeland
Region 4 – Kevin O'Shea, Lafayette Central Catholic
Region 5 – Mike Wilhelm, Yorktown
Region 6 – Greg Barrett, North Putnam
Region 7 – Ty Hunt, Cardinal Ritter
Region 8 – Scott May, Hamilton Southeastern
Region 9 – WINNER
Region 10 – Tim Bless, Columbus North